HD Background Images and Photos

Browse through our collection of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

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mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene

young woman shrowded in symmetry

Young Woman Shrowded In Symmetry

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape

orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree

silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument

repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background

two slices of orange lay on a sunlit cutting board

Two Slices Of Orange Lay On A Sunlit Cutting Board

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts

luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk

grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle

cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background

woman holding her face in both her hands

Woman Holding Her Face In Both Her Hands

a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice

white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile

blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette

wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

sunbeams rising through forest trees

Sunbeams Rising Through Forest Trees

branches in bog

Branches In Bog

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland

empty cup surrounded by coffee beans

Empty Cup Surrounded By Coffee Beans

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

novel lays open on dark blue linen fabric

Novel Lays Open On Dark Blue Linen Fabric

winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field

wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots

two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

dark image of a plants leaves with yellow spots

Dark Image Of A Plants Leaves With Yellow Spots

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

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Stunning HD background photos for commercial use

What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures won’t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. It’s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If you’re not using a pattern, you’ll want to make sure the image isn’t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so it’s best if they’re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isn’t design-oriented, you’ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - we’ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.